For all the wonderful things we hear about how compute clusters enable the analysis of massive datasets, the sad truth is that few researchers can use them to analyze large network datasets. This is due both practical and theoretical issues.From a practical perspective, clusters are expensive, their administration requires non-trivial time and technical knowledge, and […]
Excited about the New iPad? We are too – and we’re not alone. The Apple announcement generated a lot of buzz on Twitter. Here’s our take on what everybody was talking about: The New iPad in Tweets.To our surprise, of all the New iPad’s features, 4G LTE took the prize as the most popular one. […]
This past Thursday Mathieu Perreault and Derek held a Python workshop entitled Street Fighting with Python. The workshop material demonstrated how in situations where you have few other resources at hand (such as in a street fight), Python is a versatile and powerful tool. Mathieu and Derek showcased a number of libraries that ship with […]
For some time, McGill has enjoyed informal recognition as a world-class institution for Computer Science education. This has finally been validated in the first ever international ranking of Computer Science and Information Systems programs, which placed McGill’s CS program at 23rd.Our department is home to professors with expertise ranging from robotics to computational genetics to […]
On May 13th the bioinformatics and systems biology communities from McGill and the University of Toronto met for a day of talks, posters, and discussions. This was the first time the two communities, both well-known research centers, had ever come together to explore areas of mutual interest and opportunities for future collaboration. The workshop is […]
If you access Twitter through a smartphone, then chances are that you use online social platforms quite differently from those who use web browsers and desktop clients to login to their accounts. This is the general finding advanced in a paper by Mathieu Perreault and Derek Ruths that was recently accepted to the International Conference […]
The Network Dynamics Lab is run by Professor Derek Ruths and is part of the McGill University School of Computer Science. We consist of one professor, a band of graduate students, and a cohort of undergrads - but more importantly we're curious people who enjoy writing code, playing with UNIX, and seeing what social media can tell us about the human condition. In our research we seek to develop new ways of measuring and modeling large-scale human behavior including online social platforms, NYT bestsellers, human communities, political parties, and ancient civilizations.
For more about our work and activities, visit our PI's homepage.
Recent News and Posts
- Post-Doc Opening!
- Facebook Messenger Analytics – Part 1: Data Collection
- Code-switching in Twitter #wow #TrèsIntéressant
- Parsing Reddit – PRAW to the Rescue
- Anatomy of a Tweet
- ICWSM data sharing goes live!
- Conducting network analysis without a cluster
- Tweets pay tribute to the New iPad
- Workshop teaches street fighting with Python
We're always looking for enthusiastic, talented undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs.
Our work requires proficiency in UNIX, programming (python is preferred!), and data analysis. Most importantly, though, we want self-motivated, critical thinkers who would jump at the chance to spend the odd weekend trudging through gigabytes of data to find the answer they're in search of.
If this sounds like you, send Professor Ruths an email. In addition to the usual details, describe a really hard problem you solved and how you did it. Extra points if it involves social informatics.